2017-2018 was/is our first year of homeschooling and it’s been a rollercoaster ride through crazy town. Homeschooling is a serious thing, I’m holding my kid’s educations and futures in my hands. I did the research, I looked at all the curriculum, I talked to other moms, I read the books. But what I wasn’t expecting was the costs to homeschool.
I thought I did my due diligence, but the further I got into registering and the more decisions I made about what I thought was best for my family, the costs were thru the roof. I began to think, “I can’t afford to homeschool”.
Despite my wavering thoughts, I was determined to make it work. Homeschooling was/is the best decision for my family and I needed to be sure that I could make it happen on any budget. With these tips, not only can you make it happen, you can rock your homeschool year like the mom-boss you are.
So let’s get you out of the “I can’t afford to homeschool” mindset and on to a great homeschool year!
You don’t need it all
Don’t get sucked into money trap, know that you don’t need it all. You don’t have to purchase the bundle, or the extras, you may not even need a whole kit or even a curricula at all. Decide what homeschooling method you’ll be pursuing and budget for what you absolutely need, the rest can come in time.
Buy second hand
Once you decide what method you’ll be using, pick a curriculum (or don’t), and decide what your must-haves are, then you can search forums, homeschool groups, thrift stores and friends for the best deals! At the end of the school year, or before the new one begins, homeschoolers like to get rid of used curriculum to have extra funds for the next year. Mamas are breaking the code when it comes to thinking about how they can’t afford to homeschool.
There are a ton of amazing Facebook Groups for homeschoolers. Resources, freebies, limited-time offers, coupons, curricula advice. Take advantage of these assets! Join Facebook Groups that you think fit your interests/style. Some of my favorite groups are Thrifty Homeschoolers, Homeschool Printables for Free, and Frugal Homeschooling Moms.
Don’t forget to join our Facebook Group Fervent Christian Homeschoolers!
Get freebies from blogs!
In my opinion, this is one of the best ways to get high-quality resources for your homeschooling journey. Anytime you need a resource, you can always find a blog that has something to fit your needs. It’s best to sign up for your favorite blog’s newsletter so that you don’t miss out on any offers they put out there to their readers. A few of our favorite blogs: Thrifty Homeschoolers, Life of a Homeschool Mom, Multi Taskin’ Mom, Awefilled Homemaker.
Pinterest is your friend
Pinterest is more than just a craft, recipe, hobby social media tool- it’s a top-notch virtual library. Just type what you’re looking for into the search bar and find a plethora of activities, ebooks, experiments, ideas, workbooks, copywork and so much more and mostly for free! If you’re looking for homeschool bloggers to follow, this is your ticket to them all!
Use your local library
Don’t undermine your most accessible free tool. The library is full of tons of books, programs, activities, and an overwhelming amount of information. Take advantage of it! No matter if you unschool, follow a curriculum, or are just eclectic, the library is always a fun place to visit for everyone!
Still thinking that you can’t afford to homeschool?
Think again. There are tons of ways to save money when it comes to homeschooling, you just need to figure out what works for you! Do you have any tips to share with someone who doesn’t think that they can homeschool because of the costs? What are your favorite homeschooling tips?
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